Proposed bill requires ISPs to state measures taken to block indecent images

Tash Shifrin

A Labour MP has proposed legislation to force internet service providers to state what they have done to block access to child porn websites.

Margaret Moran, MP for Luton South, will put  her Control of Internet Access (Child Pornography) bill before the House of Commons on Wednesday 26 October under the “10-minute rule” bill procedure.

Bills presented by MPs under the “10-minute rule” do not usually result in measures being voted into law, but are traditionally used to test parliamentary opinion about subjects on which MPs may seek to legislate in the future.

Ms Moran’s bill would require ISPs and other commercial organisations providing internet access to declare “whether or not they have taken steps to prevent access to websites containing indecent images of children”.

Home Office figures released in March revealed that the number of people arrested and convicted for downloading child porn increased four-fold between 2001 and 2003, while British Telecom logs 60,000 attempts access child porn websites each day.

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